Apr 18, 2012

Hex Hall

To celebrate Spell Bound being released last month (which I read entirely today), I thought I'd do a post about Archer! And I liked him best in Hex Hall, therefore:

Love: Archer Cross
Book: Hex Hall, Demonglass, Spell Bound
Characteristics: Black, curly hair, perpetual smirk, tall, handsome, overall a stereotypical "bad boy" (in a private school uniform) sort of look, oh, and he's a warlock!
Why I love him:

        First off, his name is Archer Cross, and that's a pretty hot name in itself. He's majorly sarcastic (y'all will see soon enough that that's pretty darn important for me in a guy), and witty. He and Sophie love to banter throughout the series. For example, when they first met:

       "Archer?" I asked, raising my eyebrows. Hey, you might be able to take away my magical powers, but the power of sarcasm was still at my disposal. "Is your last name Newport or Vanderbuilt? Maybe followed by some numbers? Ooh!" I said, widening my eyes, "or maybe even Esquire!"
       I’d hoped to hurt his feelings or, at the very least, make him angry, but he just kept smiling at me. “Actually, it’s Archer Cross, and I’m the first one. Now what about you?” He squinted. “Let’s see. . . brown hair, freckles, whole girl-next-door vibe going on. . . Allie? Lacie? Definitely something cutesy ending in ie.”
(Of course, during this, I was thinking "Sophie, you idiot! He's probably rich, don't make him mad!" & then he was all "Hey, I'll mock her too." & then I was all *swoon*)

        Of course, what good would the hot guy be if he didn't have an equally hot (and evil and obnoxious) girlfriend! Sadly, Archer is no exception to this rule, and is dating Elodie, mean girl extraordinaire. However, she really doesn't have much personality (other than mean), so she's not really worth a quote! Although, Sophie does manage to get her & Archer detention *together* for the rest of the semester, in the cellar, by themselves.... aaaaannnnnddd Elodie doesn't like that one bit. (Ha!) So, they end up cataloging the cellar after school, an hour a day, which is where we get to know Archer better, and we learn that he is fairly honest, and open, and not all snark. (And he can do magic, instead of sucking blood and sparkling.... not sure if that's any better, but the magic thing is pretty cool) Overall, he's a great character, and I just find myself liking him more and more as I read the series, he's especially great in Spell Bound, but I don't want to spoil the series for those of you who haven't read it!

My thoughts on the book:

       First off, Sophie is one of my favorite heroines ever, because she is HILARIOUS. The book is narrated by her, therefore the book carries kind of a sarcastic tone:

      ...I'd just crossed into the land of Royally Screwed.

       "Yeah," I answered way too brightly. I sounded like a cheerleader on a Kool-aid high. 
       Did Elodie actually have some depth to her like he said? 'Cause I sure wasn't hearing anything deeper than a bedpan.
       So, I really enjoy Sophie's point of view, and the way she says things. She also can kick butt (she kicked her "gym" teacher in the chest, because the teacher was about to practice defense skill 4 on her). I also like Sophie's pink-loving vamp BFF, Jenna. She's super funny, and really does deck everything out entirely in pink. 
       I liked the story as a whole, and I loved all the characters a lot. All three of the Hex Hall books made me laugh constantly, and it was a fun series to get into. Crossing my fingers for a fourth?!

That was all I had to say today(:

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